I seem to have a hard time making a commitment to doing Furry Friday posts - because I like to blog when I am in the mood to. Therefore, all further Buddy posts will be done whatever day I wish too :) These pictures were taken last weekend. A sunny day combined with low tide and Buddy bath day all converged into the perfect day to take Buddy to the beach for the first time. If we let him go off leash, well, we likely would never catch him again therefore he had to enjoy it on leash. He is a grazer, loves eating anything and everything off the ground. Another reason to have a short leash at the beach as there are things there like jellyfish that could make him pretty sick. Last week he ate a bunch of rhododendron blossoms and I started to panic as those are supposed to be fairly toxic to dogs. There were zero noticed side effects from that episode but you can't be too careful.
We let him take his time in this new land of 1000 new smells. He loved being in the water - apparently poodles are water dogs. The water is still cold and the wind was still a bit biting so we only let him get in up to mid leg. He drank some sea water (just a little to show him he shouldn't be drinking it) and tried to bite the waves.
He met a few other dogs too. All in all a very happy pooch day at the beach. Have you ever seen an unhappy dog at a beach? They all seem to be smiling there.
The last few days have been cold, windy, rainy and miserable. Fortunately, Buddy is now fully house trained (with only a couple of minor accidents when we disregarded his signals) and has full roam of the house as long as we are available to pay attention to his very quiet grunt/whines to be let out. He can only be in the bedroom and office when one of us is in there but otherwise he seems to be quite respectful of our stuff. That is as long as we don't mind his "stuff" all over for him to play with. Even if I pick his toys up and put them in his bed he drags them out one by one. We also now have a routine going for weekends when we want to sleep in. One of us gets up at 630 to let him out then he has roam of the kitchen/laundry room until we get up. This seems to suit him fine as he just goes back to bed and we all get a bit more rest.
He is snoozing beside me as I type this. He likes hanging out under the blanket lately so I covered him up with it.
In other news I downloaded a free app for my iphone 4s(2 year old company phone and going strong) called Pacer. The idea is that everyone's activity level should be at 10,000 steps per day or more. When I first started using it I was appalled at my numbers. Let's just say I have a ways to go before I get near breaking 10,000 steps. Even the 2km circular walkway in town that we sometimes take Buddy to is only about 2800 steps. Since we work and live at home it seems even harder to get that much activity in. We do own a treadmill which hubby uses. Likely I will be using it in the near future to get my activity level up. I hate dieting but was finding that even when I eat little, I never lose weight. The only way to counteract that is with more activity. Seeing as how our trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is only 1.5 months away I need to get my body into bathing suit shape.
What is your favorite free app?